About Protectors of Animals
Protecting animals and preserving communities. We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 no kill animal shelter and rescue. POA was formed in 1975 to rescue abandoned, abused and stray cats and dogs. Today we are one of the oldest and most respected animal welfare organizations in the northeast. POA is here to stay! You will not find a more dedicated, experienced or thorough resource for improving the lives of Connecticut cats and dogs. We confine our focus to our home state because this is where our infrastructure and resources reside, as well as our leadership.
Volunteers Make Us Run
POA is run primarily by dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers provide the administrative support for the organization, foster homeless animals, provide medical care for the shelter animals, return inquiries from the general public and represent POA at events. The frontline work is performed by the people who rescue animals that have been abandoned. They facilitate veterinary care, administer medication, groom, and socialize the animals. Most important, they offer love, patience, and understanding that give a fearful animal the ability to trust people again. This hands-on approach is a big reason why POA animals make such great pets.
We are a member of Local Independent Charities of America (LICA). This exclusive designation means that we can access a library of national, state, and local financial and material resources. LICA makes POA a stronger, more powerful force for animal welfare.
POA is honored to be able to display the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. The Seal is awarded to members of Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document and demonstrate that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.